NFL Draft 2013: Wide Receivers Worth 1st-Round Picks

Chris Stephens@@chris_stephens6Correspondent IIJanuary 21, 2013

Keenan Allen is the top receiver in this year's draft class.
Keenan Allen is the top receiver in this year's draft class.Jason O. Watson/Getty Images

Wide receivers are always a sticky subject when it comes to being first-round picks in the NFL Draft.

While there are some years where players like Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald come along, there are others where there are no sure first-rounders.

This year is one of those years where no receiver has set themselves apart from the rest. There are a handful of guys who could be picked 20th or later. But to say who is the best in the class is simply impossible.

One thing is for sure: No wide receiver is worth a top-15 selection for any team. However, there are a few that would be worth it in the latter part of the first round.


Keenan Allen, California

Allen finished the year with 61 receptions for 737 yards and six touchdowns.

For most, that would be considered low numbers for a potential first-round pick.

However, one must remember that Allen's brother (Zach Maynard) was the quarterback for the Golden Bears, and he wasn't a great one.

According to Draft Tek, "he has solid hands, runs a full route tree, and is dynamic after the catch."

Allen is the one player teams should be comfortable reaching for in the draft. He's ready to play in the NFL, but would fit best in a system where he could get out in space.


Justin Hunter, Tennessee

Hunter injured his knee in 2011, but regained his form in the 2012 season.

He finished the year with 73 receptions for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns, despite the struggles of Tennessee.

This year, Hunter was still a little apprehensive making his cuts, but that will improve as times goes on.

He has the height and speed to compete in the NFL and will be a steal for whoever drafts him.

Without the injury to his knee, Hunter would easily have been a top-10 selection.


Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas

Hamilton would be a little bit of a reach in the first round, but he has the talent to earn a starting job in the NFL.

His time in the 40 may not be the best (4.58), but that stat is overrated.

Hamilton has great route-running skills and has the ability to go up and get the ball at the highest point.

Teams likely won't draft him until the second day, but a playoff team looking for that one complimentary piece could go after Hamilton. He could be that one player to get them over the top.